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Falconry in the UAE

December 18, 2013

The art of falconry can trace it's routes to some 4 thousand years to the asian and arabian cultures where falconry was once practiced as a source of gathering food long before the advent of gunpowder and guns. Brought back to Europe in the middle ages with the numerous Christian crusades, falconry soon became the sport of the kings and queens and the very wealthy. At the turn of the 20th century it made its way to the Americas and now is practiced as a largely recreational pastime throughout the world but it's routes have not been forgotten and even today the sport of falconry is woven into the very tapestry of arabian life.  

Falcon Races

December 18, 2013

The falcon races are a new thing for most westerners (falconers) and the nearest thing we have to this in North America are the sky trails where falconers and their falcons are competing against each other in attaining a great pitch and drastic stoop and chase of the fastest of pigeons released beneath them. Here in the gulf (GCC) countries the ability to find and hunt wildlife is very hard and combined with the lack of natural wild quarry and strict laws pertaining to hunting, it was somewhat inevitable that the countries leadership, set on maintaining and if not enhancing cultural heritage, had the foresight and vision to create the falcon races. 

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